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    I've been gaming since the days of Pong and still own a working Atari 2600. I tend to ramble on about retro games, whether they be board games, video games or PC games. Sometimes I digress. Decades after earning it, I'm finally putting the skills I learned while completing my history degree from the University of Victoria to good use. Or so I think. If you're into classic old school gaming, this blog is for you!

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December 23rd – Festivus Has Arrived!

The glory of Festivus has come upon us once again on this twenty-third day of December. Most people regard the 23rd as a time for shopping for those last-minute Christmas gifts that will be sold out on the 24th, but might be still in the stores today.  Yet some find secular solace in celebrating the rejection of commercialism that is Festivus, and although not a nationally sanctioned holiday (yet!), Festivus has taken a life of its own on the Internets (and many radio stations).

Based upon an old Seinfeld episode, Festivus has three major components:

  1.  The Airing of Grievances
  2. Festivus Dinner
  3. Feats of Strength

So let us begin the day with our Airing of Grievances.  To quote the venerable Frank Costanza, “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people, and now you’re going to hear about it!”

How about the American entertainment industry’s attempt to wipe out the Internet? SOPA is an excellent barometer to determine just how many politicians have been given “contributions” by the billion dollar industry that is Hollywood.  Controlling the Internets through bogus take-down threats and other shady practices reminds me more of the Chinese approach to “free speech” than anything birthed by the American constitution.

How about the state of the game industry?  Giant gaming companies are run by corporate lawyers and massive accounting teams, with endless sequels and games that are copies of each other.  How many war simulators do we need? Yet people keep buying this crap, and marvel at the latest additions to the same game they’ve played at least fourteen times already. Bah.

I’m certain there are many, many other grievances yet to be aired, but like Frank, I’ve lost my train of thought. Perhaps I’ll update this blog as I remember them!

 

Update: Where’s Our Google Checkout?

Back in January of 2010, I asked Where’s Our google Checkout?  The Great White North has been ignored by google since it launched their payment processing service, and based upon the lack of response to the questions from various Canadian sellers, I’d suggest that it won’t be coming to the land of beer and hockey anytime soon.  At the risk of being repetitive, the fact of the matter is that Canada is a good market with a strong economy; what is the holdup to a Canadian google Checkout launch?

Ah well, at least we still have PayPal. (Whose executives do know the benefits of not ignoring Canadian consumers.)  And, to quote Samuel Beckett, “Better hope deferred than none.

No Canadian google Checkout?

Elvira’s stirring message to us all…

It’s times like these that demand that those with tenacity, character, and enormous…talents…step up and take up the call to action.  And so, Elvira is off to Washington, because, after all, she’s just like us – with one (or two) gigantic caveat(s).

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